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Program Outcomes and Assessment Methods

Heritage College Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program

Learning Outcomes

Program Assessment Methods

Demonstrate sufficient mastery of the medical knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical, epidemiological and social-behavioral sciences to warrant acceptance into a year 1 graduate medical education (GME) program

National board that assesses students’ mastery of cognitive skills taken at the end of MS2

COMLEX Level 1 overall pass rate

National board that assesses students’ mastery of cognitive skills taken during the clinical years

COMLEX Level 2-CE overall pass rate

National subject matter exams taken at the end of each MS3 corresponding required clinical rotation

COMAT Exams

Perform entry-level patient care skills that are compassionate, appropriate, culturally sensitive and effective; this includes demonstration of mastery of the skills specified in the Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency

Element of the national board exam targeting "Patient Care & Procedural Skills" knowledge base

COMLEX Level 1– Patient Care & Procedural Skills element

Element of the national board exam targeting "Patient Care & Procedural Skills" knowledge base

COMLEX Level 2-CE – Patient Care & Procedural Skills element

Communicate effectively (orally, in writing and interpersonally), demonstrating cultural sensitivity and situational accommodation, with colleagues, patients & families and other members of the health care team, and work effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary care team

Element of national board exam taken at the end of the second year of training – “Interpersonal & Communications Skills” 

COMLEX Level 1 – Interpersonal & Communications Skills domain

Element of national board exam taken at the end of the third year of training – “Interpersonal & Communications Skills” 

COMLEX Level 2-CE – Interpersonal & Communications Skills domain

Evidence a knowledge of, and commitment to, professional and ethical attitudes and behaviors to support all medical training and care provision activities; and demonstrate self-awareness/self-calibration skills and seek appropriate guidance and feedback as appropriate.

National performance-based board exam taken at the end of MS2

COMLEX Level 1 – Professionalism element

Element of national board exam taken at the end of the third year of training - "Professionalism"

COMLEX Level 2-CE – Professionalism 

Evidence the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to support practice-based learning and improvement to support CQI in one’s own skills development and patient care activities; this includes the ability to evaluate and use evidence-based literature.

Element of the national board exam targeting “practice-based learning and improvement” knowledge base

COMLEX Level 1 – Practice-Based Learning & Improvement element

Element of the national board exam targeting “practice-based learning and improvement” knowledge base

COMLEX Level 2-CE – Practice-Based Learning & Improvement domain

MS3 Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) module assessment

MS4 Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) module assessment

Demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to practice effectively in the current and emerging health care systems, utilizing health care teams and systems resources to provide optimal patient care

Elements of the national exam targeting “systems-based practice” taken at end of MS2

COMLEX Level 1 Systems-Based Practice elements

Elements of the national exam targeting the area taken during clinical years

COMLEX Level 2-CE  Systems-Based Practice elements

Evidence competency in OMM principles and practice and its application to patient care skills needed for entry into a PGY1 position.

Elements of the national exam targeting "OPP & Manipulative Treatment" taken at end of MS2 

COMLEX Level 1  OPP & Manipulative Treatment domain

Elements of the national exam targeting "OPP & Manipulative Treatment" domain

COMLEX Level 2-CE OPP & Manipulative Treatment domain

Evidence sufficient mastery of all cognitive, affective and psychomotor skills needed to graduate and successfully compete for, and secure, a PGY1 position in the U.S. within one's top medical specialty choice (if pursuing match and medical practice)

Rate of graduates matching into PGY 1 GME training positions (i.e., GME is required for graduates to complete their training and pursue medical practice)

Percent of graduates (who participate in match) who match to their first choice for preferred GME medical specialty

Graduation rates (excluding those who voluntarily extended their matriculation period such as those who hold a fellowship position or enroll in a dual degree program)

Demonstrate mastery of all cognitive, affective and psychomotor learning outcomes associated with the Heritage College D.O. curriculum

Heritage College internal assessments of academic performance at the MS1 - MS4 levels

 

Notes: Osteopathic learning outcomes were adapted from the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM).